Best Music Movies of 1969
Mr. Charlie, Your Rollinâ€™ Mill Is Burninâ€™ Down
This short film by Les Blank with Skip Gerson features the charismatic legendary blues icon Lightnin' Hopkins sing a beautiful song about a stuttering boy who learns that he can communicate through singing. Also features Billy Bizor on harmonica.
The Beatles on the Rooftop
The Beatles, along with keyboardist Billy Preston, gave their last live performance on January 30th, 1969, on the roof of the Apple building, at 3 Savile Row, London, concert that would become the climax of their documentary film “Let It Be” (1970). The show was recorded on two eight-track machines in the basement of Apple, by producer George Martin, engineer Glyn Johns and sound recordist Alan Parsons.
A cinematic adaption of Arlo Guthrie's classic song story.
Change of Habit
Only a few songs as Elvis plays it straight as Dr John Carpenter. Mary Tyler Moore stars opposite as an incognito nun with a mission to help Dr Elvis clean up the ghetto he lives in. Can the King compete against God for Mary's heart?
John Lennon and the Plastic Ono Band: Sweet Toronto
Sweet Toronto is a documentary by D.A. Pennebaker of the Toronto Rock and Roll Revival, a one day festival held September 13, 1969 at Varsity Stadium on the campus of the University of Toronto and attended by some 20,000 persons. John Lennon played as part of the Plastic Ono Band, whose members also included Yoko Ono, Klaus Voorman, Alan White, and Eric Clapton. The video also features a selection of other acts: Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard, and Bo Diddley.
The Trouble with Girls
Chautauqua manager Walter Hale and his loyal business manager struggle to keep their traveling troupe together in small town America.
The Temptations Show
A television special starring the vocal group The Temptations.
The Stones in the Park
The legendary 1969 Rolling Stones concert from Hyde Park, their first following the death of founding member Brian Jones.
Jimi Hendrix: Room Full of Hendrix
The Jimi Hendrix Experience played at London's Royal Albert Hall, an event which was filmed for a feature length movie "Experience." The movie itself was only ever screened once in public to a small audience in Berkley University, and has since vanished.
Oh! What a Lovely War
Satire about the First World War based on a stage musical of the same name, portraying the "Game of War" and focusing mainly on the members of one family (last name Smith) who go off to war. Much of the action in the movie revolves around the words of the marching songs of the soldiers, and many scenes portray some of the more famous (and infamous) incidents of the war, including the assassination of Duke Ferdinand, the Christmas meeting between British and German soldiers in no-mans-land, and the wiping out by their own side of a force of Irish soldiers newly arrived at the front, after successfully capturing a ridge that had been contested for some time.